3 purple lies

Christmas 2011

We have spent a most wonderful weekend with my family in Prince Albert for a very brown and unseasonably warm Christmas.
It was wonderful.
Family time is always a cherished time in my books, especially after the year we've had.  Although this house did get crazy at the best of times, it was great to have everyone together.
We ate, we played, we laughed, we photographed, we played outside, we crowned a new MarioKart champion (brother Rob, aka Little Rob).
We started a new tradition (Annual Christmas Family photo).   We embraced old traditions: Grandma P's Christmas pudding and Grandma D's Christmas buns.
Probably my favourite time of the weekend was Christmas Eve mass at St. Mark's.  It was just my mom, Kyla, the 2 Robs and I, but it was special.  Maybe it was because we so seldomly go back to the Church in which we grew up, so it was neat to see people all grown up also, or maybe because it was my siblings and I.
I don't know.
But I do know that it made me feel extra grateful for the people in my life.  The priest gave a lovely homily, in which his message was that God gave us a gift on Christmas in the birth of Jesus, therefore it's our job to celebrate Christmas by giving heartfelt gifts to those we love.
I think that's why I liked the mass that much.
I LOVE gift giving.  Receiving is fun, but for me, the best part is planning the gifts and making them something meaningful.
For me, that is one way I can show my family how much they mean to me.

I hope you all had a Merry and Bright Christmas as well.